Though they’re very real, castles are still the stuff of dreams and legends. From the glories of King Arthur in Camelot to the fairy tales of Beauty and the Beast, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and of course Cinderella, a castle always plays a starring role. Then the castles from our legends found homes in Disney parks all over the world.
King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and Queen Sylvia have contracted COVID-19, Reuters reports citing the royal court. They were both vaccinated with three doses of the coronavirus vaccine.
The December 25th birthday of the sun god is a common story worldwide, dating back at least 12,000 years, as reflected in winter solstice scenes recorded in caves. Around the world beginning thousands of years ago, people have celebrated the birth of the god Sol (Sun) to the Queen of Heaven, the Celestial Virgin. The winter solstice has been celebrated in many places, from China to the Americas.
The Audacity of Peter Tordenskjold: The Naval Captain Who Asked His Enemy For Ammo in The Middle of a Battle
On November 12, 1720 Peter Tordenskjold died in a sword duel. It will not sound familiar to most people, but he was one of the great national heroes of Denmark and Norway—countries that were once united, a daring sailor who would be the equivalent of what Nelson is to the British, Ruyter to the Dutch, Jones to the Americans or Bazán to the Spanish. Remembered in several popular songs and honored with several statues, streets, books, films and even a festival, a corvette of the Danish navy and a ship of the Norwegian navy are named after him. He is also cited in the Danish royal anthem.
More than one hundred years ago the czar and his family were brutally murdered by the non-Christian Bolsheviks. Yet it wasn’t only the immediate family which was butchered—but also many more Romanov relatives as well. Martyrs to their faith, they are now recognized as saints . . .
In July, 2021, the world will mourn the 103 years of remembrance of the massacre of Imperial Russia’s Tsar Nicholas II and his family. In 1918, Europe’s most admired royal family, second in timescale only to the Hapsburg Empire, were herded by their Bolshevik captors into a basement in Yekaterinburg under the pretext that their photograph was to be taken.
Since its establishment in 1860, the Russian Compound in Jerusalem has undergone many makeovers and ownership changes.
To better understand half-American Winston Churchill it is best to keep in mind that foremost the World War II warlord was an opportunist. A political chameleon, he changed sides of the House more times than he changed his women’s silk knickers, which he adored. It would be difficult to find anyone outside Hitler’s Germany to heap more praise on Adolf Hitler did. Winston Churchill had no problems changing his political rhetoric as the audience and opportunity required.
Today it’s hard to believe, but until the X century, there were almost no domestic cats in Russia. In fact, the sight of the domestic cat was likely as rare as hen’s teeth.
Grand Duke Nicholas Konstantinovich of Russia (1850 – 1918) was the first-born son of Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolayevich who was the younger brother of the Russian emperor Alexander II, and Grand Duchess Alexandra Iosifovna of Russia. He was also the grandson of Tsar Nicholas I and cousin of Tsar Alexander III.